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  Board of Directors
  Corbin J. Robertson, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board
Corbin J. Robertson, Jr. is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of GP Natural Resource Partners LLC.  Mr. Robertson has served as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of the general partners of Western Pocahontas Properties Limited Partnership since 1986, Great Northern Properties Limited Partnership since 1992 and Quintana Minerals Corporation since 1978 and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of New Gauley Coal Corporation since 1986.  He also serves as a Principal with Quintana Capital Group and Chairman of the Cullen Trust for Higher Education and on the boards of the American Petroleum Institute, the National Petroleum Council, the Baylor College of Medicine, the Texas Medical Center and the World Health and Golf Association.  He is a former Chairman of the Baylor College of Medicine. In October 2006, Mr. Robertson was inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame.
     
  Robert T. Blakely
Director
Robert T. Blakely joined the Board of Directors of GP Natural Resource Partners LLC in January 2003.  He currently serves as President of Performance Enhancement Group, which was formed to acquire manufacturers of high performance and racing components designed for automotive and marine-engine applications.  He also served in the same capacity from mid-2002 through mid-2003. From February 2006 until August 2007, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Fannie Mae, and from August 2007 to January 2008, he served as Executive Vice President at Fannie Mae.  From mid-2003 through January 2006, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of MCI, Inc.  .  He previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Lyondell Chemical from 1999 through 2002, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Tenneco, Inc. from 1981 until 1999 as well as a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley.  He currently serves as a Trustee of the Financial Accounting Federation and is a trustee emeritus of Cornell University.  He has served on the Board of Directors and as Chairman of the Audit Committee of Westlake Chemical Corporation since August 2004.
     
  David M. Carmichael
Director
David M. Carmichael is a member of the Board of Directors of GP Natural Resource Partners LLC. He currently is a private investor. Mr. Carmichael is the former Vice Chairman of KN Energy and the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of American Oil and Gas Corporation, CARCON Corporation and WellTech, Inc. He has served on the Board of Directors of ENSCO International since 2001 and Tom Brown, Inc. from 1997 until 2004. He also currently serves as a trustee of the Texas Heart Institute.
     
  J. Matthew Fifield
Director
J. Matthew Fifield is a member of the Board of Directors of GP Natural Resource Partners LLC.    Mr. Fifield joined NRP's Board of Directors in January 2007.  He currently serves as a Managing Director of Foresight Management, LLC, a Cline Group affiliate and is responsible for business development.  Since 2005, he has also served as a Managing Director of both Adena Minerals, LLC and Cline Resource & Development Company, both Cline Group affiliates.   From June 2004 until joining the Cline Group, Mr. Fifield worked at RCF Management LLC, a private equity firm focusing on metals and mining.  While at RCF Management, he also served as President of Basin Perlite Company from August 2005 to October 2005.  Mr. Fifield received his MBA from The University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business, which he attended from 2002 through 2004.
     
  Robert B. Karn III
Director
Robert B. Karn III is a member of the Board of Directors of GP Natural Resource Partners LLC. He currently is a consultant and serves on the Board of Directors of various entities. He was the partner in charge of the coal mining practice worldwide for Arthur Andersen from 1981 until his retirement in 1998. He retired as Managing Partner of the St. Louis office's Financial and Economic Consulting Practice. Mr. Karn is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner and has served as president of numerous organizations. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors of Peabody Energy Corporation and the Board of Trustees of Fiduciary Claymore MLP Opportunity Fund and Fiduciary Claymore Dynamic Equity Fund.
     
  S. Reed Morian
Director
S. Reed Morian is a member of the Board of Directors of GP Natural Resource Partners LLC. Mr. Morian has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the general partner of Western Pocahontas Properties Limited Partnership since 1986, New Gauley Coal Corporation since 1992 and the general partner of Great Northern Properties Limited Partnership since 1992. Mr. Morian has worked for Dixie Chemical Company since 1971 and has served as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since 1981. He has also served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of DX Holding Company since 1989. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas-Houston Branch since April 2003 and as a Director of Prosperity Bancshares, Inc. since March 2005
     
  W.W. Scott, Jr.
Director
W. W. Scott, Jr. is a member of the Board of Directors of GP Natural Resource Partners LLC. Mr. Scott was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Quintana Minerals Corporation from 1985 to 1999. He served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the general partner of Western Pocahontas Properties Limited Partnership and New Gauley Coal Corporation from 1986 to 1999. He served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the general partner of Great Northern Properties Limited Partnership from 1992 to 1999. Since 1999, he has continued to serve as a director of the general partner of Western Pocahontas Properties Limited Partnership and Quintana Minerals Corporation.
     
  Stephen P. Smith
Director
Stephen P. Smith joined the Board of Directors of GP Natural Resource Partners LLC on March 5, 2004.  Mr. Smith rejoined NiSource Inc. on June 1, 2008, as the Executive Vice President and will assume duties as Chief Financial Officer in early August 2008, where he is responsible for Corporate Finance, Treasury, Accounting, Corporate Tax, Financial Planning and Corporate Planning functions.  Mr. Smith most recently served as the Senior Vice President - Shared Services of American Electric Power Company, Inc (AEP), and until December 2007, he served as Senior Vice President and Treasurer of AEP.  From November 2000 to January 2003, Mr. Smith served as President and Chief Operating Officer - Corporate Services for NiSource Inc.  Prior to joining NiSource, Mr. Smith served as Deputy Chief Financial Officer for Columbia Energy Group from November 1999 to November 2000 and Chief Financial Officer for Columbia Gas Transmission Corporation and Columbia Gulf Transmission Company from 1996 to 1999.
     
  Leo A. Vecellio, Jr.
Director
Mr. Vecellio joined the Board of Directors of GP Natural Resource Partners LLC in May 2007.  Since November 2002, Mr. Vecellio has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Vecellio Group, Inc, a major aggregates producer and contractor in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern states.  For nearly 30 years prior to that time Mr. Vecellio served in various capacities with Vecellio and Grogan, having most recently served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from April 1996 to November 2002.  Mr. Vecellio serves as the Chairman of the American Road and Transportation Builders and is a member of the Georgia Tech Advisory Board and is a longtime member of the Florida Council of 100, as well as many other civic and charitable organizations.

DIRECTORS OF GP NATURAL RESOURCE PARTNERS LLC

  NAME   POSITION
  Corbin J. Robertson, Jr.   Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
  Robert T. Blakely (1) (2) (3) (4)   Conflicts Committee Chairman
  David M. Carmichael (1) (2) (3) (4)   Compensation, Nominating and
Corporate Governance Committee Chairman
 J. Matthew Fifield  Director
  Robert B. Karn III (1) (2) (3) (4)   Audit Committee Chairman
  S. Reed Morian   Director
  W. W. Scott, Jr.   Director
  Stephen P. Smith (1) (4)   Director
  Leo A. Vecellio, Jr. (2) (4)   Director

(1) Audit Committee
(2) Compensation, Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
(3) Conflicts Committee
(4) Independent Director

 
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